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Fifth Grade Social Studies

USA Studies Weekly - 1865 to Present

Core Social Studies
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USA Studies Weekly - 1865 to Present

Tennessee Fifth Grade Social Studies Standards Coverage


Week 1: The U.S. Constitution

Students will be introduced the Constitution. Students will study the Bill of Rights, with an emphasis on freedom of speech. Subsequent amendments will also be covered, including the Thirteenth Amendment. Students will learn about the election process in the U.S. They will also study the rights and responsibilities that come with being a citizen of the U.S.

Week 2: U.S. Government

Students will learn about government on both the state and national levels. Students will learn about checks and balances. They will look at the judicial, executive and legislative branches and the responsibilities of each. Students will learn about the people who lead the U.S. and the length of the terms they serve. They will learn how these people are both chosen and replaced. 5.74

Week 3: Economic Concepts - Resources, Scarcity, Production and Entrepreneurship

Students will define terms associated with economics, such as entrepreneurs, production and opportunity costs. They will learn about wants and needs in relation to using resources. Students will think about the consequences associated with spending resources. They will study the difference between goods and resources. 5.37 , 5.72

Week 4: U.S. Economic System - Money, Markets, Inflation and Supply and Demand

Students will learn about the characteristics the money in the U.S. must have. Students will study factors of the U.S. economic system, including the stock market, inflation and supply and demand. They will learn the difference between a profit and a loss. Students will define Gross Domestic Product. 5.37 , 5.72

Week 5: Lincoln’s Legacy and Assassination

Students will study Lincoln’s role in important events of the U.S. They will learn about his actions during the Civil War and how the people of the U.S. felt about these actions. Students will learn about Lincoln’s assassination and what his death meant to the country. Students will learn about other important events that happened during Lincoln’s lifetime. 5.16, 5.3, 5.4 , 5.7, 5.9 , 5.11, 5.12, 5.13, 5.14, 5.19

Week 6: Reconstruction of the South, Carpetbaggers, Scalawags

Students will learn about the challenges the U.S. faced after the Civil War. They will examine various viewpoints on how to rebuild the post-war U.S., including Lincoln’s viewpoint. Students will learn about the ideals of groups and political parties of during the Reconstruction. 5.18, 5.2, 5.8, 5.12, 5.19 , 5.21 , 5.37

Week 7: Problems of Recovery, Johnson Impeachment, Punishing the South, Ku Klux Klan

Students will discuss the difficulties faced by African Americans after the war. They will learn about the Ku Klux Klan as a terrorist group. Students will study the progress blacks were able to make during this time. They will learn about Johnson’s view of uniting the nation and the opposition he faced as president. 5.8, 5.12, 5.15, 5.22, 5.23

Week 8: The Country Grows Beyond the War Years

Students will define Manifest Destiny as the United States’ goal after the Civil War. They will learn about the war’s highlights. The presidencies of Johnson and Grant will also be studied. Students will learn about industrialism in the South and will define tenant farmers and sharecroppers. 5.1, 5.10, 5.11, 5.12, 5.27, 5.37 , 5.41


Week 9: The Railroad Empire Expands West, J.P. Morgan, Monopolies

Students will study the Industrial Revolution, the transcontinental railroad and monopolies created by such new advancements. Students will learn about the relationship between the U.S. and the rest of the world at the time of the Industrial Revolution. They will learn about the technologies and inventions that improved the rail system. 5.1, 5.27

Week 10: Giants of Industry – Carnegie, Rockefeller, etc. / Giants of Invention – Edison, etc.

Students learn about the revolutions that changed life in America, such as machine, communication and business revolutions. They will also learn about the people who advanced industrialization in the U.S. as the giants of industry and the giants of invention. Students will identify these people with their businesses and inventions. 5.34, 5.35, 5.37

Week 11: Westward Expansion, Revolt of Farmers, Cowboys, Miners, Homesteaders

Students will study the appeal of wealth and land in leading westward expansion. They will also study the organization of farmers in response to the boom of industrialization. Students will identify the different groups that formed with their ideals and beliefs, including the Grange, the Alliance and the Populist Party. 5.30, 5.31, 5.33

Week 12: Immigrants Change Ways of Life in America

Students will learn that immigrants come to the U.S. from all over the world because of the Industrial Revolution. They will learn about the hardships immigrants faced when they came to live and work in the United States. Students will discuss the contributions of immigrants to American culture. They will also learn about Ellis Island and cities where groups of immigrants settled. Students will learn about the concept of the U.S. as a “salad bowl” as opposed to a “melting pot.” 5.28, 5.29, 5.31

Week 13: “The Square Deal”—Teddy Roosevelt and Reforms

Students will examine the presidencies from Lincoln through Cleveland. Students will study the events of Roosevelt’s presidency, including his tactics in preserving the American dream. They will define the terms of the Square Deal and learn about agencies created by Roosevelt. 5.25, 5.30, 5.34, 5.39

Week 14: The Progressive Party and “New Freedom” Experiments

Students will be introduced to the Progressive Party, its beliefs and its major leaders. Students will define “muckrakers.” They will also study the efforts of Roosevelt, Taft and Wilson to protect the right of freedom in the U.S. Students will also be introduced to the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Reserve System. 5.23, 5.34, 5.35, 5.40

Week 15: Farmers across America

Students will study the importance of farming and agricultural resources in America. They will learn how population growth pressured farmers to work harder and grow more food. Students will learn how science and technology improved farming in America. They will also learn where agricultural products are grown in the U.S.

Week 16: Urban, Suburban, Rural America

Students will define the differences between urban, suburban and rural America. Students will learn about the rise of cities in America. They will learn about the inhabitants of these cities and the problems they faced, including disease and poor living conditions. Positive aspects of city life will also be covered. Students will learn about women entering the workforce and the influential work of Jane Addams. 5.34, 5.37 , 5.40


Week 17: Expanding Overseas—War with Spain, Acquiring Cuba and Caribbean

Students will learn about the U.S. and imperialism. They will study the conflict with Spain during the late nineteenth century. Students will learn about the men who volunteered to fight in the Spanish-American War. They will also study developments in weaponry that aided the U.S. to victory over the Spanish. 5.39

Week 18: Further Expansion—Acquiring South Pacific Islands, Philippines, Hawaii

Students will learn about the United States’ relationship with China after the Spanish-American War. They will also learn about rebellion in China and the “Open Door Policy.” Students will study American influence in the South Pacific and Asia. 5.39

Week 19: Roosevelt and World Power—Dealing with Latin America and the Far East

Students will learn more about the U.S.’s expansion and some of the problems that arose. They will learn about the Russo-Japanese War and the White Fleet. Students will learn about then U.S.’s conflict with Mexico and Mexico’s own revolts of the early twentieth century. 5.39

Week 20: World War I

Students will study the characteristics of WWI and the U.S.’s role in the war. They will study how new weapons led this war to be the most terrible in history. Students will learn about the countries involved in the war and the Triple Alliance. Students will learn how the U.S. first became involved in the war by supplying goods to both sides. They will learn how the U.S. came to fight in the war over the sinking of the Lusitania by German U-boats. Student will learn how the U.S.’s role helped end the war. 5.42, 5.43, 5.45

Week 21: Roaring Twenties and Prohibition

Students will be introduced to features of the Roaring ‘20s. They will define Prohibition and its two sides, the “wets” and the “drys.” Students will learn about the advent of Henry Ford’s automobile and great entertainment that was found at the movies, in jazz and on the radio. 5.42, 5.47

Week 22: The Great Depression, FDR and The New Deal

Students will learn about the Great Depression and the U.S. economy. They will learn how all the spending during WWI suddenly stopped and caused the Great Depression. They will learn about President Roosevelt and his attempt to bring the Great Depression to an end with the New Deal. Students will learn that some Americans were fed by soup kitchens. 5.48, 5.49, 5.50 , 5.51

Week 23: World War II—Germany, Hitler

Students will be introduced to how World War II began. They will learn about the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler. Students will study how the United States became organized to fight through federal and state agencies. Students will learn how the attack on Pearl Harbor made Americans suspicious of foreigners. 5.52, 5.55, 5.57, 5.58

Week 24: World War II—Japan, Attack on Pearl Harbor, Atomic Bomb

Students will study the Attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan as the spark that brought the U.S. into WWII. They will learn about the U.S.’s use of the atomic bomb. Students will study various aspects that led to the war, including the conflict between Japan and China. They will also learn about the U.S.’s alliance with Britain. 5.52, 5.53, 5.55, 5.59


Week 25: Cold War begins, Baby Boomers, Communism, Berlin Wall

Students will learn about tension that arose in Europe with the Soviet Union. Students will learn about life in the U.S. during the ‘50s. They will discuss baby boomers, the advent of television and the U.S.’s fight against communism. They will also learn about the rise of religion in the U.S. during this time of great uncertainty. The Korean War will also be introduced to students. 5.60, 5.61, 5.62, 5.63

Week 26: Atomic Power

Students will be introduced to the Atomic Age and nuclear science with its associated problems and promises. They will learn about Russian spies as the reason for Russia’s advancement in nuclear science. They will also learn about the effect the Atomic Age had American culture. Students will learn about nuclear science as a possible source of energy. 5.54, 5.59

Week 27: Korean War and the Dilemma of Deference

Students will learn about the presidency of Harry S. Truman. They will study the Fair Deal as a way to help those who were coping with life in post-war America. They will also learn about the issue of communism and the U.S.’s response. Students will be introduced to the Red Scare and the Berlin Crisis. 5.53, 5.58, 5.62, 5.63

Week 28: American People in the ‘50s, Eisenhower

Students will learn about the prosperity of the ‘50s under President Eisenhower. They will also study international problems and issues of segregation in the U.S. Students will study the major events of the ‘50s in the U.S., including segregation and the Civil Rights Act. They will learn about Sputnik I and conflict in the Middle East that the U.S. stayed out of. 5.61, 5.62, 5.65, 5.66

Week 29: Years of Revolt, Kennedy, Johnson, Hippies, Black Power

Students will be introduced to President Kennedy and his role in the Cold War. They will learn about the conflict at the Bay of Pigs. Students will also study Johnson’s presidency and its outcomes, including the Civil Rights Act, Medicare and Medicaid, and the Economic Opportunity Act. They will also learn about the ideals of black power and flower power. 5.62, 5.65, 5.66

Week 30: Decade of Violence, Space Program

Students will study the U.S. space program and the moon landing by U.S. astronauts, with an emphasis on Neil Armstrong. They will look at a timeline of space exploration. 5.62, 5.65, 5.66

Week 31: Modern Wars–Vietnam, Desert Storm, NATO Interventions

Modern Wars—Vietnam, Desert Storm, NATO Interventions Students will learn about the U.S.’s role in defending freedom in the world. They will study the rise of communism in Vietnam as the reason for the Vietnam War. Students will also study the Persian Gulf War and the War on Terrorism. 5.67, 5.68, 5.70, 5.71, 5.73

Week 32: American Heroes, Future Technology

Students will discuss what it means to be a hero and the major men and women of Operation Enduring Freedom. They will also look at the heroic people who sacrificed their lives to try to stop the terrorist attack of September 11th. They will also learn about the heroes of New York’s police, fire, medical and rescue squad who worked to save as many people as they could on September 11th. 5.73

Week 33: Special Issue 1 - United We Stand, Divided We Fall

Students will learn about the 1860 election, the secession of Tennessee and the way Tennesseans chose sides during the Civil War. They will study famous Tennesseans of the time, including Sam Davis, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Sam Watkins, David Farragut and Matthew Fontaine Maury. They will use a table to compare the free and slave populations in the South. 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, 5.9 , 5.15

Week 34: Special Issue 2 - After the Civil War

Students will examine the period after the Civil War in Tennessee, including rejoining the Union, the founding of Fisk University, the work of Buffalo Soldiers in the West, important industries and the Yellow Fever epidemics in the 1870s. 5.20, 5.24 , 5.26, 5.27, 5.32

Week 35: Special Issue 3 - Celebrate Our State and Our Heroes

Students will discuss the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, the Roaring Twenties and the ratification of the 19th Amendment. They will examine the roles of Tennesseans such as Anne Dallas Dudley, Josephine Pearson, Ida B. Wells and Randolph Miller in the history of our state in the early 20th century. 5.38, 5.40, 5.41, 5.46 , 5.47, 5.64

Week 36: Special Issue 4 - Big Changes

Students will explore the many changes that took place in Tennessee in the mid-20th century, including the role of women in World War II, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cumberland Homestead. 5.50 , 5.53, 5.56

Week 37: Special Issue 5 - Where it All Began

Students will continue their study of Tennessee in the 20th century by learning about the many types of music (country, rhythm and blues, gospel, rock and roll) in Tennessee and the civil rights movement in Nashville. They will also read about Alex Haley’s famous book, “Roots,” which was made into a TV movie. 5.47, 5.65, 5.66, 5.69, 5.72

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